Enviro~Connections ALERT (January 26, 2021)

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January 26, 2021


About Us

Maricopa County Environmental Services provides essential, regional environmental services seeking to prevent and remove environmental health risks. The Department’s Environmental Health Specialists and Field Technicians are in the community every day making sure that among other things, food in all the eating and drinking establishments in the County is protected from contamination, that water supplies throughout the County are safe to drink, and that vector borne health illnesses and risks are minimized. It is our belief that with continued support, future generations will reap the benefits of today’s actions.

Contact Us

For all Environmental Services Permitting, you may visit:

Development Services Center

Development Services Center Planning & Development / Environmental Services Department

501 N. 44th Street, Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85008 (Map)

Phone: (602) 506-6616

8:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m

Monday thru Friday

(Excluding Holidays) 


Department Locations & Hours


Need assistance en Español or in 中文 for your food related business?


Nuestros representantes o enlaces para negocios hispanos de venta de alimentos están disponibles para asistirles entendiendo las necesidades culturales de su negocio y asistiéndoles en su idioma.

Do you need to make sure that your ethnic foods meet Maricopa County Health Code standards? Our language liaisons are available to assist you!

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MCESD Environmental Health Division Office Locations:


Eastern Regional Office (Map)
106 E. Baseline Rd.,
Mesa, AZ 85210
Phone: (602) 372-3000

8:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Monday thru Friday
(Excluding Holidays)

Northern Regional Office (Map)
15023 N. 75th St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Phone: (602) 506-6980                

Western Regional Office (Map)
16140 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr., Suite #105
Peoria, AZ 85382
Phone: (602) 506-6015

8:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Monday thru Friday
(Excluding Holidays)

Mobile Food Office (Map)
1645 E. Roosevelt
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Phone: (602) 506-6872

8:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Monday thru Friday
(Excluding Holidays)

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Stormwater Awareness Week

Stormwater Awareness - 2020

This week has been designated in Phoenix and Maricopa County as Stormwater Awareness Week.

Stormwater runoff is generated when rain and/or snowmelt flows over land and surfaces such as concrete driveways, sidewalks, streets, parking lots and rooftops, and does not percolate into the ground.This excess water typically ends up in a nearby lake, stream, or river.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that over 30% of pollutants in our nation's waters are the result of stormwater runoff.

Maricopa County manages the Stormwater Quality Program, which is responsible for preventing pollution to the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System.  To find out more, click here

If a construction site is located in the Urbanized Area of Unincorporated Maricopa County and will disturb one or more acres, or is less than one acre but is part of a larger plan of development, Stormwater Plan approval from Maricopa County is required prior to the start of land disturbance. Urbanized Area of Unincorporated Maricopa (PDF)

Stormwater Stakeholders/Public Report and Presentation

Stormwater FY 2020 Presentation pic

In accordance with the requirements of Arizona Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit for Discharge from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) to Waters of the United States (permit no. AZG2016-002), Maricopa County Environmental Services Department has prepared a Stormwater Management Plan Annual Report for submittal to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. The County’s Stormwater Management Plan Annual Report is now available for the public and stakeholders' review.  Click here or on the image above to access the presentation.

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Stormwater Awareness

The Environmental Services Department's Stormwater Quality Outreach Program works to raise awareness of stormwater runoff, offer solutions to runoff pollution, and to protect our drinking and recreational water.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our outreach staff have put together “to go” classroom presentations with all of the supplies teachers need.  Our staff are available to drop off these interactive stormwater quality programs directly to your school, library, community center, or other educational venue within Maricopa County.

The Annual Stormwater Pollution Prevention Poster Contest is underway. Students and teachers in the 3rd-6th grade are encouraged to visit our ESD website to learn more about Stormwater pollution and for ideas to create and submit posters supporting the 2021 theme: “Let’s Get Busy, Pollution Isn’t Pretty”. Posters need to be submitted by March 16th .

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For more stormwater tips and information, don't forget to Like and Follow our different Environmental Services Department's social media platforms (listed further below).

During Stormwater Awareness Week, several hashtags will be used by Maricopa County and other municipalities and agencies to connect you with more information: #StormwaterAwarenessWeek  #StormwaterWeek  #Stormwater

You may also visit: AZStorm.org    

To learn more about our Maricopa County Stormwater Quality Program, please visit:  ESD.Maricopa.gov 

Be the Solution to Stormwater Pollution

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We all can do our part in protecting the quality of the stormwater runoff.

Here below are some simple steps everyone should follow every day to prevent stormwater pollution:

  • Wash your car in the grass, or take to a commercial car wash
  • Clean up after your pet
  • Put trash and recyclables in their place
  • Place your cigarette butts in the proper receptacle
  • Apply lawn-chemicals sparingly and follow-manufacturer's directions
  • Compost yard & grass clippings
  • Check your vehicles for leaks and repair them
  • Properly dispose of leftover paint and household chemicals at a household hazardous waste event
  • Remember!  Don't dump anything down a storm drain or drainage ditch  

The pollution you prevent today, will protect your drinking water supply tomorrow

Stay More Connected!

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Maricopa County Environmental Services Department is constantly working to make effective use of social media. You can subscribe to our YouTube channel, and connect with us on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn and Instagram!   

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